ra·​cial·​ize | \ ˈrā-shə-ˌlīz How to pronounce racialize (audio) \
racialized; racializing; racializes

Definition of racialize

transitive verb

: to give a racial character to : to categorize, marginalize , or regard according to race Just as racist power racializes people, racist power racializes space. The ghetto, The inner city. The third world.— Ibram X. Kendi Racializing poverty helps to distract from the systemic factors at the foundation of both racial and economic inequality.— Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

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Other Words from racialize

racialized adjective
Exactly because the enslavement of Indians gave few New England colonists pause, it must be considered as a critical step in the evolution toward an increasingly racialized ideology of the differences between Europeans and Indians. — Jill Lepore

Examples of racialize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pohl also resisted calls to racialize the plague, even while other local medical experts persisted in drawing a connection between ethnicity and the disease. Bess Lovejoy, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Pioneering Health Officer Who Saved Portland From the Plague," 25 Mar. 2020 Too often Republicans racialize poverty, Democrats run away from poverty. al, "‘Drive this agenda into the heart of this nation’: Poor People’s Campaign rallies in Mobile," 29 Feb. 2020 That, coupled with high levels of non-white immigration and a decline in the percentage of whites overall in America, has helped to racialize the Patriot movement, which in the past was not primarily motivated by race hate. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Colin Kaepernick reportedly asked Nike not to release a shoe with a Revolutionary War-era flag, enraging Ted Cruz and the governor of Arizona.," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of racialize

1917, in the meaning defined above

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“Racialize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racialize. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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